Kids These Days: A Study of the Millennial Generation
“When I was your age…” and “Kids these days!” are the rallying war cries of the independent Baby Boomers and Generation X’s cynics. The world has too many problems today, and, of course, it’s all our fault. We are the Millennials. We come after Generation X, and while many historians have tried to call us Generation Y, we have clearly stepped out of their shadow and made a new name for ourselves. It’s estimated that a Millennial is someone who was born in between 1983-2004. You are part of this group, and it’s unclear if this is a good thing or not. It’s hard to tell everything about a generation until they’re all dead, but there are a few characteristics that Millennials are pretty obvious.
Millennials have never had to use word processors—just word processing software on computers. Millennials don’t really remember a time without cell phones, and probably own one now. Millennials gasp when you tell them Facebook is only nine years old—that there was a time when they didn’t document every second of their life with selfies and status updates. Millennials grew up playing games on CD-ROMs, spent their middle school years on Club Penguin, are now hooked on Candy Crush on their iPhones. You live in the time that technology is commonplace and will only get bigger and better. In the early days of their lives, many of Millennials used floppy disks. By the time they hit middle school, it was all about USB flash drives. Now, they just upload it to a cloud of information on the internet and pray they have wifi when they need it. Unlike their parents, Millennials have been exposed to technology from a very young age and have developed along with it. They can adapt to technology without question, while a good deal of older generations are still struggling along.
Narcissistic and Optimistic
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